Fabio Valencia Cossio

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Fabio Valencia Cossio
4th Minister of the Interior and Justice of Colombia
In office
26 June 2008 – 7 August 2010
President Álvaro Uribe Vélez
Preceded by Carlos Holguín Sardi
Succeeded by Germán Vargas Lleras
Colombia Ambassador to Italy
In office
28 February 2001 – 8 September 2005
President Andrés Pastrana Arango
Preceded by Carlos Martínez Simahan
Succeeded by Luis Camilo Osorio Isaza
Senator of Colombia
In office
12 December 1991 – 30 September 1999
President of the Senate of Colombia
In office
20 July 1998 – 20 July 1999
Preceded by Amilkar Acosta Medina
Succeeded by Miguel Pinedo Vidal
Member of the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia
In office
20 July 1982 – 20 July 1990
Constituency Antioquia Department
Personal details
Born (1948-03-23) 23 March 1948 (age 69)
Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia
Nationality Colombian
Political party Conservative (1968-present)
Spouse(s) María Isabel González Jaramillo (-present)
Children Juan Camilo Valencia González
Catalina María Valencia González
Luis Eduardo Valencia González
Santiago Valencia González
Alma mater University of Antioquia (LLB)
Profession Lawyer
Religion Roman Catholic
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Valencia and the second or maternal family name is Cossio.

Fabio Valencia Cossio (born 23 March 1948) is a Colombian lawyer and politician. A Conservative party leader and politician, Valencia was first elected to Congress in 1982 as Representative for the department of Antioquia, continuing to be re-elected until 1991 when he successfully ran for Senate, where he rose to national prominence and was elected President of the Senate in 1998. In 2001, President Andrés Pastrana Arango appointed him Ambassador of Colombia to Italy with dual accreditation to Greece, Malta, San Marino, Cyprus, and the United Nations' agencies in Rome. He also served as the 4th Minister of the Interior and Justice of Colombia during the second administration of President Álvaro Uribe Vélez.

Career[edit]

Ambassadorship[edit]

On 12 January 2001 President Andrés Pastrana Arango appointed Valencia Ambassador of Colombia to Italy; on 28 February 2001 Valencia presented his Letters of Credence to President of Italy, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, in a ceremony of protocol at the Quirinal Palace.[1] As Ambassador of Colombia to Italy, Cassio was dually accredited as Non-Resident Ambassador to San Marino, and Malta, and as Permanent Representative the specialized organizations of the United Nations with headquarters in Rome (the Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Food Programme, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development). Valencia presented his Letters of Credence to President of Malta Guido de Marco on 18 October 2001 at the San Anton Palace in Valletta.[2] In 2003, as part of budget cuts in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Embassy of Colombia in Greece was closed, and Valencia was accredited to Greece and Cyprus to fulfil the diplomatic representation to those countries. He presented his credentials to President of Cyprus, Tassos Papadopoulos, on 21 July 2003 at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia.[3]

On 2 June 2005, in recognition of Valencia's meritorious labour as Ambassador to Italy, he awarded the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in the category of Knight Grand Cross by President Ciampi; he was presented the honour on 20 December by the Resident Ambassador of Italy to Colombia, Antonio Tarelli at the Italian Embassy in Bogotá.[4]

Minister of the Interior and Justice[edit]

On 20 June 2008 President Álvaro Uribe Vélez named Valencia to succeed Carlos Holguín Sardi as Minister of the Interior and Justice of Colombia. Of his designation, Valencia said: "I will dedicate myself to the subject of justice. Minister of the Interior and Justice, more like Minister of Justice and the Interior I would say. I want to [as Minister of the Interior and Justice] institute the harmonious relation, or rather continue to institute the harmonious relationship between the other branches of government, but specially with the judicial branch".[5] Valencia was sworn in as the 4th Minister of the Interior and Justice by President Uribe on 26 June.

Personal life[edit]

Valencia was born to Luis Eduardo Valencia García and Elvira Cossio Cuartas on 23 March 1948 in Medellín, Antioquia; he is married to María Isabel González Jaramillo who is a psychologist, and together they have four children: Juan Camilo, Catalina María, Luis Eduardo, and Santiago.[5]

Selected works[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Quirinale: Ciampi Riceve Nuovi Ambasciatori" [Qurinal Palace: Ciampi Receives New Ambassadors]. Adnkronos (in Italian). Rome. 2001-02-28. 
  2. ^ "Presentation of Credentials". Valletta: Malta, Department of Information. 2001-10-18. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  3. ^ "Three new Ambassadors to Cyprus present credentials.". Nicosia: M2 Presswire. 2003-07-21. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  4. ^ "Italia Condecoró al Ex Embajador Fabio Valencia Cossio" [Italy Decorated Former Ambassador Fabio Valencia Cossio] (in Spanish). Bogotá: Colombia, Press Office of the President of Colombia (SNE). 2005-12-20. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  5. ^ a b "Perfil del nuevo Ministro del Interior y de Justicia, Fabio Valencia Cossio" [Profile of the new Minister of the Interior and Justice, Fabio Valencia Cossio] (in Spanish). Bogotá: Colombia, Press Office of the President of Colombia (SP). 2008-06-20. Archived from the original on 2012-04-06. Retrieved 2011-10-10.